Rick Santorum Suggests Kids Who Protest Shootings Should Learn CPR Instead (Video)

Former GOP presidential candidate tells CNN that students should “deal with situations that, when there is [a] violent shooter,” they can respond to it

Last Updated: March 25, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

Rick Santorum said that students should learn CPR for when there is a school shooter instead of protesting for stricter “phony gun laws.”

“Is this really all about politics or is it all about keeping our schools safe?” the former Republican presidential candidate said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Because if it is about keeping our schools safe, then we have to have a much broader discussion than the discussion that’s going on right now.

“How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that, when there is [a] violent shooter, that you can actually respond to that.”

Saturday, survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, led hundreds of thousands in March for Our Lives demonstrations across the country, calling out Congress on their inaction to prevent gun violence.

Although CNN anchor Brianna Keilar pointed out that the students were taking action, Santorum replied, “Yeah, they took action to ask someone to pass a law. They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem.'”

Santorum continued to dismiss what he called “phony gun laws” and the effort for gun control.

“I think everyone should be responsible and deal with the problems that we have to confront in our lives,” he said. “And ignoring those problems and saying they’re not going to come to me and saying some phony gun law is gonna solve it. Phony gun laws don’t solve these problems.”

TheWrap reached out to Santorum for additional comment.

You can watch the CNN interview above; Santorum’s comment begin at the 4:40 mark.

His comments left many on social media scratching their heads.